Photography – Higher


The course consists of two compulsory units and the course assessment.

Photography: Image Making (9 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

  •  develop your knowledge and understanding of camera techniques and controls
  •  investigate and analyse the factors that influence photographers and their work
  •  apply your knowledge of light and image formation when creating photographic images
  •  use exposure times, composition and framing in for photographic effect
  •  organise photographic files and outputting your photographic images.

Photography: Contextual Imagery (9 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

  • explore and experiment with the use of a variety of photographic techniques, technology and processes
  • use your understanding of the social and cultural interplay between photographers and society when developing your own personal and creative approaches to photography
  • plan, produce and present photographic images in different styles and genres.


Course Assessment (6 SCQF credit points)

The course assessment has one component, an ‘open’ project that will have 100 marks. The project has three sections:

  • Section 1: Research and Investigation (25 marks)
  • Section 2: Development and Production (60 marks)
  • Section 3: Evaluation (15 marks).

The project will be conducted under some supervision and control by your teacher or lecturer and evidence will be submitted to SQA for external marking.

Your work will be assessed by your teacher on an ongoing basis throughout the course. You must pass both units and the course assessment to gain the course qualification.

The course assessment is graded A-D. Your grade will depend on the total mark for all the units in your course.

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